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Howard E. Rollins Jr.

Highest Rated:   90% Ragtime (1981)
Lowest Rated:   50% Drunks (1995)
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Towson State College graduate Howard E. Rollins Jr. has been a stage leading man since the mid-1970s. The tall, imposing African-American actor earned an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of fiercely proud Coalhouse Walker Jr. in Ragtime (1981). As impressive as his theatre and film resum├ęs are his TV credits, including such roles as Andrew Young in the 1978 miniseries King and George Haley in the 1979 multiparter Roots: The Next Generation. Howard E. Rollins was seen on a more regular basis on the ABC daytime drama Another World (for which he was Emmy-nominated); as explosives expert Bannister Parks on the 1985 "buddy western" series Wildside; and as Virgil Tibbs on the long-running (1988-92) TV adaptation of In the Heat of the Night. He made his final feature film appearance in Drunks (1995), a slice-of-life drama set at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Six weeks before he died on December 8, 1997, the 42-year-old Rollins had been diagnosed with lymphoid. Complications from the disease caused his demise.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Trial of the Moke
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Wildside
  • Actor
1999
50% Drunks
  • Joseph
1995
No Score Yet On The Block
  • Clay
1991
No Score Yet Under Cover
  • Actor
1987
No Score Yet The Children of Times Square
  • Otis Travis
1986
No Score Yet Johnnie Mae Gibson: FBI
  • T.C. Russell
1986
No Score Yet Wildside - The Crimes of the Century
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Wildside - Delinquency of a Miner
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Wildside - Don't Keep the Home Fires Burning
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet Wildside - Buffalo Who
  • Actor
1985
89% A Soldier's Story
  • Capt. Davenport
1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear
  • Walter Small
1984
No Score Yet For Us, the Living: The Story of Medgar Evers
  • Medgar Evers
1983
90% Ragtime
  • Coalhouse Walker Jr.
1981
No Score Yet King
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Wildside - Until the Fat Lady Sings
  • Actor

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